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Warby Parker // boutique-quality eyewear retailer
Design, Full Time    New York City    Posted: Friday, April 23, 2021
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Warby Parker is searching for a Technical Design Assistant to support the creation of our glasses, from initial drawing review to assessing our physical prototypes. As a key member of our Product Development team, youll work closely with our in-house Design team & overseas manufacturers to ensure that our end result is both production-friendly & consistently achieved in bulk. Our ideal candidate is an excellent communicator with a strong eye for detail who can stay on top of multiple seasons at once while ensuring the fit, construction, & quality of our glasses are perfect across the board! Sound up your alley? Read on!

What youll do:

  • Create exploratory, seasonal, & chase developments in accordance with our product development milestones
  • Support the prototype requests with accurate technical file creation & evaluate each prototypes physical execution & integrity to be used as a model representative of bulk production
  • Prepare files for drawing review with the Technical Designer & Design teams, highlight where requested specs were not achieved & why, & incorporate vendor feedback
  • Provide design & construction feedback (as well as related timeline changes) to quality assurance teams & vendors ahead of approval to Tool Sample
  • Assist in drawing audits & maintenance of the technical design library as well as own tool sample tracking & receipt at HQ for all new products 
  • Update proprietary collaboration tools to reflect drawing & prototype approvals & support the reporting of team KPIs such as drawing rounds, sample rounds, & total development lead time

Who you are:

  • Equipped with 13 years of relevant professional experience
  • Skilled at using a caliper, lens clock, & tracer
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Google Drive, & Adobe Suite applications for viewing tech drawings & able to quickly adapt to proprietary product lifecycle management (PLM) systems
  • A strong cross-functional collaborator & excellent communicator, both in writing & in person
  • Unflappably professional & experienced working with international vendors
  • A detail-oriented multitasker with exceptional organizational & analytical skills, especially when it comes to data entry & processes
  • Not on the Office of Inspector Generals List of Excluded Individuals/Entities (LEIE)


Extra credit:

  • A degree in industrial design, technical design, mechanical engineering, or a similar discipline
  • Experience with AutoCAD software, 3D modeling software like Solidworks, and/or 3D printing technology
  • Direct experience in optical or jewelry technical design

About Us:

Warby Parker was founded with a mission: to inspire & impact the world with vision, purpose, & style.

We accomplish this by reimagining everything that a company & industry can be. Weve proven that a business can scale, be profitable, & do good in the worldwithout charging a premium for it. And weve learned that it takes creativity, empathy & innovation to consistently surpass customer expectations. 

Since the day we launched in 2010, weve pioneered ideas, designed products, & developed technologies that help people see. We offer everything our customers need for happier eyes at a price that leaves them with money in their pockets, from designer-quality glasses & contacts to eye exams & vision tests. 

Ultimately, we believe in vision for all, which is why for every pair of glasses or sunglasses we sell, a pair of glasses is distributed to someone in need through our Buy a Pair, Give a Pair program. Over eight million pairs of glasses have been distributed in over 50 countries; that means eight million people now have the glasses they need to learn, work, & achieve better economic outcomes. 

At Warby Parker, you can look forward to company outings & events, volunteering & learning opportunities, & just great company filled with curious, kind folks. Dreaming up & sharing ideas arent responsibilities reserved for certain teams or leaders; the challenge (a really fun one) of innovation is on all of our shoulders. Teammates can also connect around common interests, backgrounds, & identities, no matter their home base, through our various employee resource groups. (Were happy to say that the Human Rights Campaign has named us a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ+ employees!) That sense of community & belonging keeps us excited to walk through the door every day, wherever that door may be. 

We're driven to continue building a workplace, based on inclusive behaviors & equitable systems, where all employees can bring their authentic selves, feel engaged, & share their perspectives as a valued member of Team Warby. Transparency is what were all about, & our annual Impact Report & Racial Equity Strategy lay out how were sticking to these values. 

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